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Houston Person: Island Episode

Recorded in 1971 and ’73 this reissue finds Person in a Latin groove. The tenor saxophonist’s big, warm sound is heard with an octet on the opening track (“Nemo”) and with a septet on the others. For me, the ballad performances are best: “Don’t Misunderstand” and “With You.” Person always treats ballads with a lot of respect and dignity-and sex appeal.

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